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The Cinema Review: The Golden Compass

The Golden CompassThis week sees the release of eagerly anticipated fantasy film The Golden Compass.

It is based on the first book in Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy about a young girl’s coming of age in a parallel universe.

The central character is a young girl named Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) who has grown up in the world of an Oxford college in a parallell universe.

Though similar in many ways to our world the most striking difference is that everyone has a dรฆmon – an animal that co-exists with them and follows them around.

Lyra and her dรฆmon Pantalaimon (voiced by Freddie Highmore) find out about the existence of “Dust“, a substance of great interest to her uncle Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig), the enigmatic Marisa Coulter (Nicole Kidman) and the ruling power known as The Magisterium.

When a friend of hers is kidnapped, Lyra journeys to the North in order to find him where she encounters a variety of characters including a witch (Eva Green), an aeronaut (Sam Eliott) and an armoured bear (voiced by Ian McKellen).

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> Check out other reviews of these films at Metacritic
> Bridge To The Stars – An extensive fansite for the original books
> Watch the first 5 minutes of The Golden Compass at Yahoo Movies
> Official blog for the The Golden Compass
> Find out more about the His Dark Materials trilogy of books at Wikipedia
> Philip Pullman writes about the film in the Sunday Times